Lubbock ISD announced the hiring of Eric Ward as the new head football coach and athletic coordinator at Estacado High School, approved this afternoon by the Board of Trustees.

Ward brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success to Estacado High School. He joins Lubbock ISD from City View Junior/Senior High School in Wichita Falls, where he served as the offensive coordinator. His leadership helped the team achieve numerous milestones, including an Area Playoff Finalist position and a Bi-District Playoff Championship. Ward’s innovative offensive strategies significantly improved the team’s performance, turning their record around from 4-7 to 7-5 in just one season. Additionally, Ward is a former standout player for Texas Tech University, where he was captain of the Red Raiders football team and achieved numerous records and accolades.

Ward’s educational background includes a Master of Education in Special Education and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, both from Texas Tech University. His professional certifications cover a range of areas including Special Education, Physical Education, and Principal Certification, all EC-12.

Throughout his career, Ward has demonstrated exceptional skill in developing athletes and coaches, coordinating summer camps, and effectively communicating game plans. His teams have consistently achieved high levels of success, evidenced by numerous district honors and playoff appearances. Notably, during his tenure at Hirschi High School, his defensive strategies led to a Regional Playoff Appearance and District Championship.

Ward’s contributions to the community extend beyond the football field. He has been actively involved in Special Olympics, Unified Sports Activities, and has organized youth football and skills camps. His dedication to youth development and community service is a testament to his commitment to fostering positive growth both on and off the field.

“We are excited to welcome Eric Ward to the Estacado High School and Lubbock ISD family,” said Lubbock ISD Athletic Director Mike Meeks. “His extensive experience, innovative coaching techniques, and commitment to student-athlete development make him an ideal fit for our program. We look forward to seeing the positive impact he will have on our students and the entire Estacado community.”

Ward and his wife, Kenzie, have five children: Jayric, 13; Tyce, 10; Eli, 7; Kreed, 5; and Krue, 3.

Eric Ward LISD
Eric Ward LISD
Eric Ward LISD

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